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Performer Kumail Nanjiani: A New Act

Today, we’re joined by actor, writer, and comedian, Kumail Nanjiani! We discuss his new series, Welcome to Chippendales, playing real-life entrepreneur Steve Banerjee (4:39), his fascination with American culture growing…

The Weather Vane

The story of weather forecasting is the story of how humans came to think they could predict the future. In this episode, Jill Lepore looks at the history of meteorology,…

How to Save the Most Lives

Farzad Mostashari is the co-founder and CEO of Aledade. Farzad’s problem is this: How can we pay doctors to keep us healthy, rather than treating us after we get sick?…

Park Slope Panthers

A crime in Park Slope, Brooklyn – the heart of gentrified Brooklyn – leads residents to form a neighborhood watch group. Esther Wang, who writes for Hell Gate, attended the…

Round One: Sports Cars with Matt Farah

In round one of our tournament to determine the car of the year, Eddie is joined by Matt Farah to debate the various merits of the Corvette Z06, Nissan Z,…

How Desire Actually Works

For some people, sexual desire shows up totally spontaneously and out of the blue. But that’s not the case for this week’s listener, who wants to have sex with their…

“F*** Him, But F*** Jail”: The Power of Restorative Justice

Danielle Sered is the founder and director of Common Justice, the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States. She’s also the author of Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass…

Ladyhawke is afraid of puke

Pip Brown, the artist known as Ladyhawke, is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She also wrote all the original music for this podcast. Pip and Lauren talk about growing up…

E8: Madam Nerva Sees Death

Rachel Dobkin has come to see her psychic advisor, Madam Nerva. After years of bitter disagreements and financial wranglings with her estranged and violent husband, Rachel wants to know what…

Neil Young

If Broken Record had an all-star list, Neil Young would be at the top. He’s been on the show three times now, and his legendary body of work has been brought up…

Giving Tuesday: Why Giving Money to Others Makes us Happier

Money can buy you happiness – but not in the way we think. Giving money away – especially to help others – has been shown make us happier than spending…

“I Survived the Unsurvivable”

At age nine, Javier Zamora embarked on a harrowing, 3000-mile immigration journey from El Salvador to the United States. More than twenty years later, he’s finally ready to revisit that…